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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 07:15 AM
Since most of the replies about Supertramp were Supercrap let's hear your thoughts on Steely Dan. I say thumbs up!
 
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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 07:31 AM
Awesome band.....Becker/Fagan = Genius , IMO

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 07:32 AM
Steely Dan is a GREAT band!!
Very good music & good lyrics,too!!
We saw them the last time that they toured, a coupla years ago.....they were really good,too!
Definitely played all the really good upbeat songs & left alot of the slower,radio toppers at home!!
Sounded just as good live...as on the albums...even after all these years!!

Well worth the $$ for the tickets!!

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 07:56 AM
Steely Dan is one of my all time favorites! I loved the first few albums ("Can't Buy a Thrill", "Countdown to Ecstacy" and "Pretzel Logic") when they really were a band. After that, they became a little more jazz infused, which was totally awreeet! They probably did more to sophisticate, or raise the level of music awareness of radio listeners than any other band (except for the Allman Brothers) during the 1970's. As they became more of a studio act (Becker and Fagan) they featured a lot of guests - especially guitarists (did you know that Mark Knopfler recorded with them?). On top of all that, they slipped some slightly cerebral humor in while you weren't looking. Check the inside cover picture on "Countdown ...". Who does that extra hand on the console belong to?

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 08:21 AM
Steely Dan= rock and roll for grown ups.
Fagan/Becker are second only to lennon/mcartney in my book. I have noticed too, if you play an instrument, you probably like steely dan, if you don't play an instrument, you might not 'get it'. Seen them live on the last 2 tours, just as good in concert as the record. You cannot go wrong with steely dan. Anyone ever hear of the eagles/steely dan lyric nods in "hotel california" and "everything you did"-?

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 08:24 AM
Two quirky crazy guys, one from Jersey BTW, who made some great music with some great lyrics. I like'em

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 08:51 AM
I love them too. They're not the live act that ABB is though, but they are studio masters. By that I mean they aren't known as a touring act. Their albums are all classics. The Shameless Dave Band covers "Pretzel Logic."

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 08:58 AM
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Steely Dan is one of my all time favorites! I loved the first few albums ("Can't Buy a Thrill", "Countdown to Ecstacy" and "Pretzel Logic") when they really were a band. After that, they became a little more jazz infused, which was totally awreeet! They probably did more to sophisticate, or raise the level of music awareness of radio listeners than any other band (except for the Allman Brothers) during the 1970's. As they became more of a studio act (Becker and Fagan) they featured a lot of guests - especially guitarists (did you know that Mark Knopfler recorded with them?). On top of all that, they slipped some slightly cerebral humor in while you weren't looking. Check the inside cover picture on "Countdown ...". Who does that extra hand on the console belong to?


Yep, all true. I love Steely Dan, classy Jazz-rock at its finest. Excellent songs, excellent sophisticated arrangements and lyrics that were mature yet humorous at the same time. Their first 5 albums are classics and I find my self playing them back to back to back many times. The fact they got the best musicians under the sun to play on the albums was a nice bonus. Larry Carlton, Jeff Skunk Baxter, Denny Diaz just to name a few...

 
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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 11:22 AM
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Steely Dan is one of my all time favorites! I loved the first few albums ("Can't Buy a Thrill", "Countdown to Ecstacy" and "Pretzel Logic") when they really were a band. After that, they became a little more jazz infused, which was totally awreeet! They probably did more to sophisticate, or raise the level of music awareness of radio listeners than any other band (except for the Allman Brothers) during the 1970's. As they became more of a studio act (Becker and Fagan) they featured a lot of guests - especially guitarists (did you know that Mark Knopfler recorded with them?). On top of all that, they slipped some slightly cerebral humor in while you weren't looking. Check the inside cover picture on "Countdown ...". Who does that extra hand on the console belong to?


Yep, all true. I love Steely Dan, classy Jazz-rock at its finest. Excellent songs, excellent sophisticated arrangements and lyrics that were mature yet humorous at the same time. Their first 5 albums are classics and I find my self playing them back to back to back many times. The fact they got the best musicians under the sun to play on the albums was a nice bonus. Larry Carlton, Jeff Skunk Baxter, Denny Diaz just to name a few...


Dean Parks, Lee Ritenour, Rick Derringer to name a few more. Current Guitarist Jon Herington is no slouch
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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 11:23 AM
Don't forget Michael McDonald is a Steely Dan alumni!!

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 11:31 AM
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Steely Dan= rock and roll for grown ups.
Fagan/Becker are second only to lennon/mcartney in my book. I have noticed too, if you play an instrument, you probably like steely dan, if you don't play an instrument, you might not 'get it'. Seen them live on the last 2 tours, just as good in concert as the record. You cannot go wrong with steely dan. Anyone ever hear of the eagles/steely dan lyric nods in "hotel california" and "everything you did"-?
mulebrother, I like how you think! ( your statement:second to lennon/mccartney) And your post for funniest post of the year almost sent me into cardiac arrest at my desk!!!

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 11:40 AM
One of my ALL-TIME favorite bands. I agree that the first 3 albums are money, a real blues/rock/jazz/countryish(at-times) influenced rock n roll band. I've grown to love all of their stuff over time. And if you get a chance to see them tour, DO SO!!

Did you know Waylon Jennings covered "Do it Again" on one of his albums???...just some useless trivia.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 11:46 AM
Definitely one of my faves.
Very underrated group IMO.
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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 11:53 AM
I liked SD until that friggin Cousin Dupree song came out and I still wonder about that songs meaning, maybe I didn't get it right but that was just awful. They should have left it an instrumental instead of using those lyrics.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 11:55 AM
I loved the early albums. I was never a big fan of the vocals but the lyrics were great. As mentioned, they had good choices for session guitar players.
 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 12:18 PM
Strange acceptance being inducted into R&R hall of fame "very snobby remarks" didn't even try to mention the studio hired guns that made some of their work very memorable. But they made the best studio albums going in the mid 70s to early 80s.

Royal Scam reguires to be played loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great album that led to up their AJA and Gaucho success. I consider their earlier work- static rock though I could listen to it, but before Scam, I don't take them that serrious and now they seem to be stuck in the Gaucho mode.




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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 12:34 PM
People are forgetting that Wayne Shorter played some studio solos for Steely Dan. And, more recently, so has Chris Potter. Two of the greats.
 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 12:51 PM
One of my all-time favorite bands! Some of the best music to hang out and party to.

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 01:00 PM
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One of my all-time favorite bands! Some of the best music to hang out and party to.

Every A-Frame had your number on the wall,
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Is there gas in the car?

Yes theres gas in the car!

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 01:04 PM
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I liked SD until that friggin Cousin Dupree song came out and I still wonder about that songs meaning, maybe I didn't get it right but that was just awful. They should have left it an instrumental instead of using those lyrics.
Pam, I know what you're saying about their songs meanings. "Peg" confuses me. I get the impression of a "rising porn star", lol.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 01:06 PM
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One of my all-time favorite bands! Some of the best music to hang out and party to.

Every A-Frame had your number on the wall,
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Is there gas in the car?

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Love those lyrics

Probably my favorite Steely song.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 01:14 PM
GREAT band IMO - loved the first album when they were a band rather than a collection of studio players (albeit GREAT studio players). Can't Buy A Thrill was the first album I ever bought, followed soon thereafter by Machine Head, then Brothers and Sisters.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 01:36 PM
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I liked SD until that friggin Cousin Dupree song came out and I still wonder about that songs meaning, maybe I didn't get it right but that was just awful.



I've heard Fagan talk about that song...it's about that especially dysfunctional family member that no one has...kind of like the Who's "Uncle Ernie" IMO.

I've always dug the Dan.



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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 01:39 PM
The Dan,,, classic

 

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  posted on 12/1/2005 at 01:48 PM
A guy I went to High school with toured with SD ,played percussion/vibesand is on their live CD, Billy Ware.III, good guy, plays around in NYC.

Great music, Aja got alot of radio play and that can ruin an album for me.

 

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